Facelift for a Pillow

new bee pillow

Sometimes a tired, old pillow needs a facelift. Sometimes we stitchers need one too but that’s another topic!

Here’s a photo of my wonderful JP Needlepoint pillow that I stitched years ago. Buster napped on it; baby Betsy crawled on it; and Chris and I lounged on it. It was time for a refresh. (Ignore the strange black spots in the lower right corner–not sure what was up with the photo. I’m also not sure why the background stitching looks so different in these two photos. It’s red Silk & Ivory not maroon!)

old bee pillow
old bee pillow

Here’s a photo of the pillow’s new look:

new bee pillow
new bee pillow

 

A close up of the fabric and trim:

fabric and trim close up
fabric and trim close up

Do you have any pillows that are due for a facelift?

Also, Jessica Chaney, the Point of It All’s new shop manager, will be doing blog posts periodically. Look for a post from her next week! She’ll fill you in on her needlepointing history.

Happy stitching,
Susan

So True!

I just saw this picture on Facebook and started laughing:

craft supplies

On the one hand, I hope my husband takes time to read my blog. On the other hand, this post might be one he should skip! Let’s see if he mentions it tonight!

Happy stitching; happy hiding your needlepoint obsession from your loved one,
Susan

Grrrrr snow!

Alas the snow storm means The Point of It All will be closed today (Thursday). I’m trying to think of it as a Bonus Stitching Day! So light the fire, pull out a new project, and get to stitching!

If you need help shoveling, I’ll send over my little snow bunny, Betsy!

Stay warm and safe, Susan

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New project; fast stitch!

Alice Peterson canvas
Alice Peterson canvas
Alice Peterson canvas

I’ve just started on a new canvas…this one is from Alice Peterson. I really liked the painted “caning” on this canvas and thought the effect would be enhanced with the Skip Tent stitch. It’s super simple. All you do is stitch every other stitch. (Double click on the above photo to zoom in closer.) With this stitch there is blank canvas showing when you are finished so pick a color thread that is close to the painted canvas. Here the design is painted a color very similar to the Whole Wheat Silk & Ivory I am using. An added bonus of this stitch is SPEED! When you only stitch every other stitch, you can finish areas a lot faster.

I already selected a tailored, twisted fringe and ordered it (lest it be out of stock or discontinued by the time I finish the stitching.) If you pick a trim fist, you can match your fiber exactly. You can really get in a jam if you’ve finished a canvas but can’t find a trim that’s a good color match.

Happy stitching,
Susan

I should mention that I rolled up the canvas using bankers clips to make it more manageable while I’m stitching. I love those bankers clips! Low-tech solutions are sometimes the best!

STELLAAAAAAA

Move over, OttLite there’s a new needlework lamp in town! This table top lamp from the new company Stella Lighting offers three shades of light (warm, bright, and cool) for you to choose from depending upon your project. No switching bulbs or anything; just the press of a stylish button. Here’s the flyer:

Stella Lighting

 

Stella Lighting

The cost is $220. That’s considerably more expensive than OttLite but it seems like a cool product. We are thinking about carrying these but I’m trying to gauge interest before stocking up! Please email me or comment on Facebook.

http://stellalighting.com/

Happy stitching; happy seeing what you are doing,
Susan

PS Forgive the Streetcar Named Desire reference…Grace, Bettina, and I got a little punchy yesterday afternoon and began shouting “Stella” at top volume!